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In today’s news: Tibor Varga International Violin Competition’s finalists announced, Canadian orchestra shuts after ‘fat-shaming’ singers, and Enzo Dara has died. Bayreuth festival ends today, Alexander Roslavets wins 3rd prize at Queen Sonja Competition, and Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti competition.

The Times

Turning masterpiece Edinburgh school into a hotel is pointless, says Alexander Armstrong

A plan to convert a masterpiece of Enlightenment architecture in Edinburgh into the new home of St Mary’s Music School has been warmly endorsed by one of Britain’s best-known broadcasters and singers.

The Telegraph

Is Classic FM really a cause for celebration?

As the radio station turns 25, Ivan Hewett asks if what they play is actually ‘classical’ or can we find better elsewhere?

The Violin Channel

Finalists Announced at Switzerland’s Tibor Varga International Violin Competition

The 3 Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2017 Tibor Varga International Violin Competition Sion Valais – in Sion, Valais, Switzerland.

Classic FM

Canadian orchestra shuts after ‘fat-shaming’ singers

The Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras in Toronto came under fire after an email came to light in which they asked singers who weren’t ‘fit and slim’ to wear loose clothing.

Pizzicato

First Edition of Opera Conductors Competition without First Prize

The very first edition of Concours Fondation Polycarpe, a competition for opera conductors organized by the Royal Opera of Liège, Belgium, ended last weekend with no First Prize.

Limelight

Enzo Dara has died

The Italian basso buffo who kept audiences laughing for more than 30 years has died at 79.

NMZ

In Bayreuth endet eine ruhige Festspielzeit

Finale in Bayreuth: An diesem Montag (28. August) enden die diesjährigen Richard-Wagner-Festspiele und damit eine ruhige Saison.

Klassik.com

Bass Alexander Roslavets erfolgreich bei der Queen Sonja Competition

Der Bass Alexander Roslavets, seit 2016 Mitglied im Opernensemble der Staatsoper Hamburg, hat beim Gesangswettbewerb “Queen Sonja Music Competition” 2017 den dritten Preis gewonnen.

KlassikInfo.de

Emily D’Angelo gewinnt Cesti-Wettbewerb bei den Innsbrucker Festwochen

In einem hochkarätigen Finalkonzert konnte sich die erst 22-jährige kanadische Mezzosopranistin Emily D’Angelo beim Cesti-Gesangswettbewerb im Rahmen der Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik gegen starke Konkurrenz durchsetzen: Sie holte den 1. Platz und den Publikumspreis.

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Heute vor 54 Jahren hatte auf der Ifa Berlin übrigens die erste Compact Cassette samt Kassettenrekorder Premiere.

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(Written on August 28, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, classical music critic, Ivan Hewett, from The Telegraph, is presenting a new series on music’s five greatest chords on BBC Radio 4, at 1:45 PM from 9th to 13th January. PRS for Music has appointed Nigel Elderton as chair. BBC Proms has launched the 2017 Inspire Scheme, supporting young composers aged 12 to 18 with new opportunities for their career development. Also, new musical production in Berlin of children’s book Emil & the Detectives, and the Mozarthaus in Vienna experiences increased visitor numbers.

The Telegraph

What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music’s five greatest chords.

Classical Music Magazine

Nigel Elderton appointed as PRS chair

Nigel Elderton, managing director and European president of peermusic, is to succeed Guy Fletcher OBE as chair of PRS.

Music Teacher Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2017 Inspire scheme

Young composers aged 12-18 can now apply to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme 2017. The scheme offers young composers new opportunities to support their development and the chance to have their composition performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on Radio 3, as well as a BBC commission.

Early Music Today

London Festival of Baroque Music 2017: Baroque at the Edge

The theme for the London Festival of Baroque Music 2017 is ‘Baroque at the Edge’. The event, which will take place 12-20 May, will celebrate the anniversaries of Monteverdi (450th birth) and Telemann (250th death), exploring the ways that composers and performers have pushed at the chronological, stylistic, geographical and expressive boundaries of the Baroque era.

The New York Times

New David Bowie Video Arrives, Hours Before He Would Have Turned 70

Just hours before what would have been his 70th birthday, David Bowie resurfaced. A new video for one of Mr. Bowie’s final songs and a brief EP of previously released tracks were made available late on Saturday.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico appoints new tenor

Stile Antico has appointed Tom Kelly as its new member. He replaces Jim Clements, who is leaving the ensemble after seven years to focus on his parallel career as a composer and arranger.

Pizzicato

Artists Call For Cultural Strike Against Trumpism

A number of US Cultural artists plan art strikes at the occasion of the Trump inauguration. Some have called for a strike on 20 January.

klassik.com

Wiener Mozarthaus mit deutlichem Besucherzuwachs im Jahr 2016

Das Wiener Mozarthaus konnte im Jahr 2016 einen deutlichen Zuwachs der Besucherzahlen verbuchen. Insgesamt besuchten eigenen Angaben zufolge rund 176.300 Interessierte das vor zehn Jahren eingerichtete Mozarthaus.

Die Welt

Die Elbphilharmonie beendet eine andere große Ära

Wenn in Hamburg endlich die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet, endet die Zeit der Laeiszhalle. Was ein letzter Besuch in der alten Konzerthalle über die musikalische Zukunft der norddeutschen Metropole verrät.

Neue musikzeitung

Berliner Kinder-Bande für das Gute – „Emil und die Detektive” im Atze Musiktheater Berlin

Den vor 87 Jahren von Erich Kästner als Roman veröffentlichten Kinder-Krimi „Emil und die Detektive” bearbeitete Atze-Theaterleiter Thomas Sutter als ein heutiges Singspiel mit zeitgemäßem politischem Bezug und setzte ihn selbst wirkungsvoll in Szene.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Bedeutendes Jazzfestival in Westfalen

Das internationale Jazzfestival in Münster hat auch in diesem Jahr mit seiner “Ästhetik der Kontraste” überzeugt. Die Besucher bekamen viele unterschiedliche Klangfarben und Formate zu hören. Für viele Künstler war es eine Deutschlandpremiere.

Musik Heute

Stiftung Händel-Haus zieht positive Jahresbilanz

Der Komponist Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) zieht noch immer Musikliebhaber in seine Geburtsstadt Halle (Saale). 2016 kamen rund 80.000 Gäste aus aller Welt zu den Konzerten und Veranstaltungen der Stiftung Händel-Haus, wie diese am Montag mitteilte.

France Musique

Georges Prêtre inhumé en silence et dans l’intimité

Selon ses vœux, le chef d’orchestre Georges Prêtre a été porté en terre samedi 7 janvier sans aucune musique et dans la plus stricte intimité à Navès, village dans le Tarn où il résidait.

Le Figaro

L’Orchestre de Paris fête ses 40 ans en chœur

L’ensemble vocal composé uniquement d’amateurs de haut niveau se produira le 21 janvier à la Philharmonie.

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Music History @today_classical  in 1713 FP of ‘s opera Teseo in London.

Help Musicians UK @HelpMusicians UK  HMUK is delighted to have an official presence at this year’s , on 1 Feb. Read more here

Dartington Arts @DartingonArts We would like to invite musicians & performers to take part in Party in the Town on 28 April 2017   https://t.co/Q4wN6iRIga

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(Written on January 10, 2017 )

 

Classical News

In our news today, Sakari Oramo tells what he would do if in charge of The Proms, and applications are now open for Radio 3’s Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference. Also, this year, the BBC Proms celebrates the cello, with 12 concerts dedicated to the instrument, and conductor Kent Nagano speaks about working with non-professional musicians.

The Telegraph

Sakari Oramo: ‘The Proms should not be dumbed down’

Before conducting the First and Last Night, Sakari Oramo tells Ivan Hewett what he would do if in charge of this great British festival.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference

Applications are now open for Radio 3’s Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference, which aims to facilitate greater inclusion of composers and prospective composers from the UK’s black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in classical music composition.

Clive Barda receives 2016 Musicians’ Company fellowship

Photographer Clive Barda has been awarded honorary fellowship of the Musicians’ Company. He has photographed musicians, conductors and singers for more than 50 years.

Adaptistration

Is It Possible To Manage A Large Budget Orchestra Using Mostly Consultants?

It certainly isn’t unheard of for larger budget orchestras to hire consultants for everything from temporarily filling staff holes to serving as the architect for marketing or development campaigns but relying on third party providers for the majority of admin functionality is decidedly not the norm.

The Guardian

Sol Gabetta: ‘The cello speaks with a human voice’

This year, the BBC Proms celebrates the cello, with 12 concerts dedicated to the instrument. As she prepares to open the event’s first night, the Argentinian cellist describes why she loves this strange, beautiful and ‘erotic’ instrument

The Strad

How to make scales enjoyable

Encouraging students to practise scales needn’t be an uphill struggle, says Paul Harris – in fact, it can even be fun!

Le Figaro

Philippe Druillet: “Verdi a transformé la colère en génie”

“Le Requiem” est donné le 16 juillet aux Chorégies d’Orange, avec des projections vidéo signées par le dessinateur de Salammbô, déjà à l’oeuvre en 2014 pour “Carmina Burana”.

nmz

Stardirigent Nagano: Ich arbeite sehr gerne mit jungen Amateuren

Stardirigent Kent Nagano hält die Weitergabe von künstlerischem Wissen an den musikalischen Nachwuchs für eine Selbstverständlichkeit.

Lausitzer Musiksommer führt an sechs Orte

Mit einem Konzert im Bautzener Dom eröffnet die Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie an diesem Freitag (20.00 Uhr) den 12. Lausitzer Musiksommer.

Musik heute

Hornist Felix Klieser mit Bernstein Award ausgezeichnet

Der Hornist Felix Klieser hat am Donnerstag in Lübeck den Leonard Bernstein Award des Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals erhalten.

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BR Klassik @BR_Klassik Wir übertragen die Eröffnungspremiere live am 25.7.

New York Times Music @nytimesmusic Classical Music Listings for July 15-21

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms What do you get when you upgrade an antique cello with high-tech 3D mapping technology?

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‘The cello chose me’ … Sol Gabetta. Photograph: Uwe Arens

(Written on July 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph announces its guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, and the Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day. Also, Pitchfork Media becomes part of Condé Nast Stable and Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Telegraph

The best classical music albums of 2015

The Telegraph’s definitive guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, regularly updated with new reviews by Geoffrey Norris, Rupert Christiansen and Ivan Hewett

BBC Music Magazine

Low winds heard in London

Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day

Classical Source

After almost a quarter century, Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Summer 2016

Roy McEwan has announced his retirement from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) in Summer 2016 after a remarkable 23 years as Chief Executive.  

BBC

Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates 25th anniversary

The Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet company packed up their ballet shoes and tutus and moved to Birmingham in 1990.

Classical Source

Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Kirill Petrenko will take up office as chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Classic FM

The Science Museum is an EPIC concert venue: and we heard a piece inspired by Charles Babbage’s computer there

In ‘Objects at an Exhibition’, six pieces of music were performed by Aurora Orchestra next to the exhibits at the Science Museum by which they were inspired

New York Times

Pitchfork Media Becomes Part of Condé Nast Stable

Condé Nast, the publisher that owns magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair, said on Tuesday that it had acquired Pitchfork Media, the company behind the independent music website and quarterly magazine, for an undisclosed sum

Der Tagesspiegel 

Kirill Petrenko tritt sein Amt in Berlin 2019 an

2018 sollte Kirill Petrenko Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle werden. Doch er kommt erst ein Jahr später als Chefdirigent nach Berlin. Und der Bayerischen Staatsoper bleibt Petrenko bis 2021 erhalten 

Berliner Zeitung

Jamaikaner Marlon James gewinnt britischen Booker-Preis

Als erster jamaikanischer Schriftsteller hat Marlon James den Man Booker Preis gewonnen. Sein Roman handelt von einem versuchten Attentat auf Bob Marley

Pizzicato

Christian Gerhaher erhält Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’

Der deutsche Bariton Christian Gerhaher erhält den Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’ 2016. Das gleichnamige Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich im Wechsel an Persönlichkeiten, die sich substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen

Classicalite

Steve Mackay, The Stooges Saxophonist,Dies at 66 From Sepsis Complications

Steve Mackay, the distinctive saxophonist best known for his work with the seminal punk outfit The Stooges, has died. It’s been reported that the musician was in critical condition with sepsis. He was 66 years old

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Sinfini Music A new addition to our piece on weird classical jobs? (++ weird jobs here: )

Classic FM: How posh are you? This music quiz will reveal all:

The Strad: Isabelle Faust on performing and interpreting Bach’s music

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The Telegraph

 

(Written on October 14, 2015 )

In today’s news, a Bristol-based orchestra uses technology to enable disabled musicians to perform, whereas the New York Times describes the concert hall as a refuge from the web-driven world. Also, NZ cathedral bans Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace over Muslim call to prayer, and the Hong Kong minister encourages classical music performances in less formal venues

BBC

Orchestra for disabled musicians helps showcase talent

A “unique” Bristol-based orchestra has begun using technology to enable disabled musicians to showcase their talent

The New York Times

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World

For all the wonders of the web, Ian Leslie argues that it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry.” Anthony Tommasini explores this further

Classic FM

NZ cathedral bans performance of Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace over Muslim call to prayer

The Dean of Nelson Cathedral in New Zealand has refused to host a concert by Nelson Civic Choir, because of the non-Christian elements in Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace

South China Morning Post

Put classical music in the hearts of Hong Kong children, minister urges

Florence Hui says the city needs some less formal performance venues, and points to MTR; Asia Society’s Alice Mong says rail operator should consider official busking scheme like London’s and New York’s

The Telegraph

Did Anne Boleyn write this music while awaiting execution?

Ivan Hewett investigates the origins and purposes of the Anne Boleyn Songbook, attempting to unravel its mysteries

Die Welt

Eine Diva, eine nubische Königin, ein Urereignis

Außenseiterin und Perfektionistin und eine der größten Stimmen der Klassik: Die amerikanische Sopranistin Jessye Norman war immer gut für besondere Momente. Jetzt feiert sie ihren 70. Geburtstag

BR Klassik

Ruhrtriennale 2015: Eine Zwischenbilanz

Am Rande von sozialen Brennpunkten feiert Intendant Johan Simons ein experimentierfreudiges Festival. Doch kann er sein Motto “Seid umschlungen” einlösen, wenn Hochkultur auf hässlichen Alltag trifft? Eine Zwischenbilanz von Peter Jungblut

Musik heute

ARD-Musikwettbewerb mit vier ersten Preisen

Beim 64. Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurden in allen vier Fächern erste Preise vergeben. “Wir konnten einen Wettbewerb auf höchstem Niveau erleben, mit fantastischen jungen Musikern in allen Kategorien”, sagte der diesjährigen künstlerische Leiter Oswald Beaujean am Sonntag

France Musique

Création du 3DVarius : le premier violon réalisé grâce à une imprimante 3D

C’est une première : l’ingénieur et musicien français Laurent Bernadac invente le premier violon électrique imprimé en 3D. Baptisé 3DVarius, l’instrument devrait être commercialisé en 2016

WQXR

Leeds Piano Competition Gold Medal Goes to Anna Tcybuleva

Ukranian-born pianist Anna Tcybuleva on Sunday gave a rousing performance of Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto to take the Gold Medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious prizes in the piano world

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Classic FM : Chuck Doud’s advice to composers: “Know your medium. You don’t need to understand the technology”

Sinfini Music: 10am is definitely the time to discover the essential castrati facts. Men… cross those legs

BBC Proms Team: Read ‘s illustrated guide to taking a Last Night of the Proms selfie

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3DVarius the first electric violin. Photo credit: Screenshot Youtube

(Written on September 15, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Rolf Hind examines whether a composer’s sexual identity can influence their music, and The Telegraph asks, ‘are the Proms becoming too safe?’ Also, The Guardian reports that a ‘Refugees Welcome’ banner joined Union Jack flags at the Last Night of the Proms.

The Guardian

Queer pitch: is there such a thing?

Does a composer’s sexual identity influence their music? Rolf Hind examines what it means to be a queer composer

The Times

The magnificent seven: the greatest opera superstars of all time

In our celebrity-obsessed age, classical musicians rarely make it into the gossip columns. However, it was opera singers who invented the concept of modern celebrity

The Telegraph

Are the Proms becoming too safe?

As the 121st season of Promenade Concerts draws to a close, Ivan Hewett looks back on a high-quality season of surprising novelties, dependable delights and the odd turkey, but one that lacked the pioneering spirit of the past

Classic FM

There was a massive traffic jam on the M5 – but a string quartet performed Pachelbel’s Canon and made it all better

Hundreds of travellers were brought to a standstill on one of the UK’s busiest motorways this weekend – because a horse was on the loose. But then a string quartet appeared and played Pachelbel

The Guardian

‘Refugees Welcome’ banner steals show at Last Night of the Proms

Sign joins Union Jacks at Royal Albert Hall hours after tens of thousands of people stage solidarity march in London

Die Welt

“Immer frage ich mich: Wie kann ich nützlich sein?”

Yo-Yo Ma ist der beste Cellist der Welt. Spezialistentum mag er dennoch nicht. Ein Gespräch über das Verhältnis zu seiner liebsten Klavierpartnerin, den Neid auf Yuja Wang und seine Beziehung zu China.

neue Musikzeitung

TTIP und Kultur – Rede des Präsidenten des Deutschen Kulturrates Christian Höppner

Am Tag der kulturellen Vielfalt 21.05.2015 fanden in den Räumen des Deutschen Kulturrates in Berlin mehrere Informations- und Diskussionsrunden zum Thema, wie TTIP auf die den Kulturbereich einwirkt statt.

Klassik.com

Lucerne Festival meldet Auslastung von 90 Prozent

Die Sommerausgabe des Lucerne Festival ist in diesem Jahr bei insgesamt 78.600 Besuchern mit einer Auslastung von 90 Prozent zu Ende gegangen. Damit liegt das Ergebnis leicht unter dem des Vorjahres mit 80.000 Besuchern, die dem Veranstalter eine Auslastung von 95 Prozent beschert hatten.

The New York Times

The Concert Hall as Refuge in a Restless, Web-Driven World

For all the wonders of the web, it “threatens habits of deeper inquiry,” Ian Leslie argues in “Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It.” This book is among a growing number exploring what might be lost as we “lean on search engines and offload our memories to cloud storage,” to quote a review of four contributions to the topic last year by Jacob Silverman in The New York Times.

WQXR

New York Orchestra Cancels Season Opener Amid Labor Dispute

The Binghamton Philharmonic, a central New York orchestra that draws many of its musicians from the New York City area, has cancelled its Sept. 26 opening concert because of a labor dispute.

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Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_ Ukranian-born pianist Anna Tcybuleva wins @leedspiano 2015: http://bit.ly/1VX5OWV 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : Your challenge this wk: beat yr friends/colleagues in our @ABRSM-inspired Grade 5 theory quiz! http://bit.ly/1Qqg4UC 

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms Two minutes of MONDAY THERAPY. A Schubert jewel from @fxrroth and the SWR Symphony Orchestra: http://bbc.in/1LE8wvN 

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Jonas Kaufmann performs Puccini arias with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at the Last Night of the Proms 2015. Photo: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

(Written on September 14, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Ivan Hewett discusses the real reason why musicians should fear Spotify, and Richard Morrison looks at Hull’s reign as UK city of culture. Also, Classic FM look back at the Queen’s dedication to music throughout her record-breaking reign, and Max Richter’s SLEEP is to have it’s world premiere live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Why Music? weekend.

Telegraph

The real reason why musicians should fear Spotify

Are streaming services the saviour of recorded music, or are they sucking the life-blood from it?

The Times

Hull’s reign as UK city of culture is pointless without a legacy

Richard Morrison takes a look at the choice of Hull as the 2017 UK city of culture

Classic FM

The Queen of Music: How Queen Elizabeth II championed classical music

Even before her record-breaking 63-year reign began in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II was encouraging musicians from all walks of life. Here’s a stunning photographic review of her musical connections

Classical Music Magazine

LMP to donate profits to the Royal British Legion

The London Mozart Players will be donating 100% of the profits from two upcoming concert series at St John’s Smith Square to the Royal British Legion.

Classical Source

BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection present all-night world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter’s “8 hour lullaby”

Today, BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce a world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter’s ground-breaking and experimental new composition SLEEP, to be performed live from Wellcome Collection into the early hours of the morning as part of the Why Music? weekend.

BR Klassik

Veränderungen mit Nike Wagner

Unter dem Motto “Veränderungen” beginnt am Freitag das Beethovenfest in Bonn. Ein passendes Thema, denn das künstlerische Programm konzipierte heuer erstmals die neue Intendantin Nike Wagner. Mehr Kammermusik, mehr Tanzprojekte und mehr Uraufführungen sind unter anderem geplant.

Der Tagesspiegel

Riccardo Chailly beendet Engagement in Leipzig

Seit 2005 ist er Kapellmeister des Gewandhausorchesters, nun verlässt der Dirigent Riccardo Chailly Leipzig. Seine letzten Konzerte dirigiert er im Juni 2016.

Die Welt

Clemens Trautmann übernimmt Deutsche Grammophon

Clemens Trautmann, Büroleiter bei Axel Springer, wird ab 1. Dezember 2015 neuer Präsident des traditionsreichen Klassik-Edellabels Deutsche Grammophon. Und Klarinette spielen kann er auch.

France Musique

Riccardo Chailly élu meilleur chef d’orchestre du monde par la critique

Un jury de critiques musicaux professionnels réuni par Bachtrack vient de dévoiler son palmarès mondial. Le gagnant dans la catégorie “meilleur chef d’orchestre” est Riccardo Chailly, suivi de près par SImon Rattle. La palme du meilleur orchestre au monde revient aux Berliner Philharmoniker.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Zambello: Her Ring Going East, She Returns West

Francesca Zambello is in town again, multitasking as usual. The artistic director of Washington National Opera (and of the Glimmerglass Festival) has directed opera for many of the the world’s major companies.

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Guardian Classical: Why Jarvis Cocker is making waves at the Proms

Classic FM: Incredible Baroque fugues based on themes by ​, & ​:

Sinfini Music: Lots of ppl retweeting ‘s powerful 2006 speech to the about classical music. Read it now:

(Written on September 4, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph asks whether opera can save our children, Ivan Hewett argues that music ought to be robust enough to communicate across a variety of acoustics, Gunther Schuller dies at the age of 89, Nadine Koutcher wins the main prize at the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) releases a statement following a judicial review addressing the issue of fair remuneration for private copying. Berlin Philharmonic have found a new Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons talks about faith and religion, Simone Young bids goodbye to the Hamburger Staatsoper and ‘Voodoo’ Opera, by the African-American composer H. Lawrence Freeman, is revived.

The Telegraph

Can opera save our children?

CGI blockbusters and brain-numbing video games are damaging our children’s imaginations and impoverishing their lives. Can opera help?

Do acoustics actually matter?

Music ought to be robust enough to communicate across a variety of acoustics, says Ivan Hewett

The Guardian

Gunther Schuller, Pulitzer-winning jazz and classical musician, dies aged 89

Horn player, educator and composer was leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Nadine Koutcher wins 2015 Cardiff Singer

Nadine Koutcher has won the main prize at the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

ISM responds to judicial review addressing remuneration for private copying

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has released a statement following a judicial review addressing the issue of fair remuneration for private copying.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Halsschmuck mit Haltung

Kein Dirigentenstab, sondern eine Kette mit einem Kreuz ist für den Dirigenten Mariss Jansons unverzichtbar. Dabei ist es ihm egal, ob er sie trägt oder ob sie auf dem Nachttisch liegt

Der Tagesspiegel

Kirill Petrenko soll neuer Chefdirigent der Philharmoniker werden

Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben sich überraschend auf einen neuen Chefdirigenten geeinigt: Kirill Petrenko soll Simon Rattle 2018 ablösen.

Die Welt

Sie ist eine Beherrscherin des Betriebs

Eine Frau, auf die man zweimal schauen muss: Die australische Dirigentin Simone Young verlässt nach zehn Jahren als Intendantin und Generalmusikdirektorin die Hamburgische Staatsoper. Eine Begegnung.

The New York Times

‘Voodoo,’ Opera by the African-American Composer H. Lawrence Freeman, Is Revived

He was described as a black Wagner in the late 19th century, went on to write more than 20 operas and formed the Negro Grand Opera Company, which he once conducted at Carnegie Hall.

Forbes

Kirill Petrenko New Chief Conductor Of The Berlin Philharmonic

Radio Berlin-Brandenburg reports that the Berlin Philharmonic has elected Kirill Petrenko as their new music director and successor to Simon Rattle.

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ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Belarus soprano wins Cardiff Singer of the World

klassik.com @klassikcom: Komponist und Musiker Gunther ist tot

Classicalite @Classicalite: The Next Generation of 3D-Printed Musical Instruments Are Worthy of a Movie

Gunther Schuller wrote more than 200 compositions, including solo and orchestral works, chamber music, opera and jazz. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian

Gunther Schuller wrote more than 200 compositions, including solo and orchestral works, chamber music, opera and jazz. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian

(Written on June 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news 92-year-old pianist Harriette Thompson has become the oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon. Opera singer Bryn Terfel will celebrate his 50th birthday with a Royal Albert Hall concert to include stars such as Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans. Also, violinist Alina Ibragimova tells Ivan Hewett that she still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, despite her busy international career.

Telegraph

Alina Ibragimova: ‘My heart is still Russian’

Despite a busy international career, violinist Alina Ibragimova still feels emotionally attached to her country of birth, she tells Ivan Hewett

Classic FM

92-year old Carnegie Hall pianist becomes oldest-ever woman to complete a marathon

Harriette Thompson, who is a classically trained musician, completed the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7hr 24min 36sec.

Classical Source

Bryn at 50

Opera star Bryn Terfel to be joined by stars, including Sting, Danielle de Niese, Rebecca Evans and Daniel Evans, for birthday concert celebration

Classical Music Magazine

Saffron Hall announces third full season

Saffron Hall has announced its 2015/16 season, which will see the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Alison Balsom, Sir András Schiff and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields make their debut appearances at the venue.

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Peter Cropper, first violin of The Lindsays, has died

Peter Cropper, the first violin of the Lindsay Quartet (later The Lindsays), has died; he was 69. He was also the founding Artistic Director of Sheffield’s Music in the Round.

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Siemens Musikstiftung + BR + Lucerne Festival = zeitgenössische Musik

Der Förderung zeitgenössischer Orchestermusik dient eine jetzt angekündigte Kooperation der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, des ‘Lucerne Festival’ und ‘musica viva’ des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Belgian [PIAS] To Become The Major Shareholder Of Harmonia Mundi

In the next months an important merger will occur in the recording industry.

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Oper Halle: Generalmusikdirektor bleibt bis 2018

Der katalanische Dirigent Josep Caballé-Domenech hat seinen Vertrag an der Oper Halle verlängert.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

The Invention of Opera?

Boston Early Music Festival’s presentation all three of the extant operas of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)—“The Monteverdi Trilogy”—with a cohesive artistic and scholarly vision, constitutes a signal moment in the modern revival of Baroque opera. BMInt had conversations with the BEMF publiscist and stage director.

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Berlin Philharmonic: Happy Birthday, Edward ! Find many more works by Elgar in our concert archive at

Classic FM 8 staggering world records in classical music:

The Royal Opera ‘The lines become an indivisible part of something else’ Insights into libretto-writing: ^C

(Written on June 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the BBC have announced the extension of their Ten Pieces project to secondary schools, however Ivan Hewett comments that we shouldn’t dumb down music for teenagers and lists his alternative pieces. Pianist James Rhodes has won the right to publish his autobiography after a lengthy legal battle to get the injunction lifted. Also, Harmonia Mundi is set to be sold to the Belgian independent recording group PIAS.

Guardian

BBC’s Ten Pieces extends classical music programme to teenagers

Nationwide scheme will play Wagner and Verdi in secondary school halls and classrooms to encourage pupils to embrace classical music

Pianist James Rhodes wins right to publish autobiography telling of abuse

Rights groups hail supreme court decision to lift injunction barring publication of book in which concert musician discusses being repeatedly raped as a child

Telegraph

Don’t dumb down classical music for teenagers

The BBC’s list of classical music pieces for teenagers is patronising. Ivan Hewett recommends some alternatives

The Times

Opera Holland Park, the down-to-earth company taking on Glyndebourne

It is a warm sunny day in Kensington, the sort of day that James Clutton and Michael Volpe, the producer and general manager of Opera Holland Park, will want when their season opens on June 2.

Classical Music Magazine

Harmonia Mundi set to be sold to Belgian independent PIAS

The Belgium-based independent recording group PIAS (Play It Again Sam) is poised to buy struggling French classical company Harmonia Mundi.

Die Welt

Die Plebejer von Bonn proben den Aufstand

Nur die Berliner Philharmoniker dürfen ihren neuen Chef selbst wählen. Das konnten sie nicht. Bonns Beethoven-Orchester weiß, wen es will. Das aber ist den Politikern egal. Misstöne sind programmiert.

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Erhöhte Gagen der Bühnenkünstler und Orchestermusiker in Deutschland

Nach den rezenten Warnstreiks haben sich der Deutsche Bühnenverein als Arbeitgeberverband der Theater und Orchester und die Künstlergewerkschaften heute in Köln auf Gagenerhöhungen für die künstlerischen Mitarbeiter der Stadttheater, Staatstheater und Landesbühnen sowie für die Musiker der Orchester verständigt.

New Instrument: The Celloridoo

By designing a new musical instrument, an Iranian designer won Bronze prize at the A’Design Awards 2015, the World’s largest design competition. Aidin Ardjomandi’s new instrument Celloridoo is a composite one, combining a chordophone which is a bowed stringed instrument and an aerophone which is inspired from Didgeridoo, an Australian wind instrument.

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Cambreling bis 2018 Stuttgarter Generalmusikdirektor

Sylvain Cambreling bleibt bis 2018 Generalmusikdirektor der Oper Stuttgart. Der 66-Jährige habe seinen Vertrag entsprechend verlängert, teilte das Haus am Mittwoch mit.

Le Figaro

La Philharmonie de Paris atteint le demi-million de visiteurs

Malgré les polémiques autour du retard, du coût des travaux et de l’ouverture prématurée, la nouvelle grande salle de concerts a déjà accueilli 500.000 personnes en cinq mois.

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Classical Music : . will return to Rotterdam in 2016

YCAT Today’s the day! The final round of are today at , with 8 very talented musicians

Classical:NEXT . will be covering – read about it here (German) and look out for videos throughout the week!

Pianist James Rhodes wins right to publish autobiography telling of abuse

(Written on May 21, 2015 )